After checking three times(which I should have done with Prince Akukamara),with the 12th pick in the 2nd round, the Detroit Lions select LB Akeem Ayers, UCLA. Ayers would immediately be an upgrade over Bobby Carpenter, DeAndre Levy, Ashlee Palmer, and Julian Peterson. Eventhough, cornerback is a big need there were none worth taking this high in the second round. The Lions need someone to be able to rush the QB behind their awesome front 4. While the defensive line ties up multiple blockers Ayers can come around the outside or through a gap on the inside to get to the quarterback. Standing at 6’3" and 254 lbs. he has the frame to shed blockers and be a force in stopping the run. He also demonstrates great awareness in coverage. Ayers has six career interceptions, returning one for a TD. The big downside to Ayers is that he is not very fast. He ran a disappointing 4.81 forty at the combine. He still shows a good burst coming off the snap and he relies on his speed to get to the quarterback. If he can hone his skills in the at the next level Ayers will be a dominate LB in Jim Schwartz’s 4-3 defense.
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